Lindsay from APEC English Garden
Almost half a year ago we had Lindsay, as our first guest HERE!!!
If you want to review that episode mostly about teaching young kids, this is the link.
Now, Lindsay has been on a roller coaster, NOT ONLY since this talk, but honestly since I know her (which is meanwhile 6, 7, ??? years.)
From KG ESL teacher to University ESL teacher to self-employed school owner to full time manager for ESL in after school and KG and now, she has decided to take a huge step again.
Life seems to send her VERY straight messages, (that have had me quite worried about her several times) and today she talks about these stories without drama or exaggeration. And what decisions and conclusions she has drawn, and how she is getting the support she needs for these new steps.
A talk that shows without doubt, how interesting life for a passionate educator can be.
Don't miss it.
Questions and comments are welcome.
And if you are happy to share your own story ( I know you have a few) please get in touch.
What I learned as a teacher in Government schools
I worked in government schools for over 10 years.
What I learned here as a teacher is a lot.
Today's radio is related to one part of this, ~~~Homework.
Last week I did a Facebook Live on '3 things that changed completely for me -thanks to- COVID' and one of them being
the way I assign homework,
the way kids hand them in
and the content of homework.
Thank you for listening and asking questions, and those of you who haven't watched it yet, try to give it a go, and check, maybe before listening to the radio here on my FB Page:
After the Live I got the following questions, which inspired me to talk a bit about the difference of
'teaching in government schools<>teaching in my own private school'
I know there are lots of other options, like
teaching in afternoon schools
teaching as an employee in a private school,
but today I focus on government<>own private school
here are the questions I got:
I’d really like to know more about HW you set. 1. Do you give the younger kids a sheet with the parts of the story written on it so they can only draw? 2. Can they come up with the story ending in L1? 3. What if there is a child who never does HW. 4. What HW would you recommend for 2nd graders in government school. It's their second year of English 1 X week. Their parent ask for HW but they're used to worksheets and memorization of words without context. I'm new to the school and looking for the best ways of setting HW. I can use WhatsApp to send videos for input, that's all I've been offered so far..
I hope I have answered all of the questions.
For those who have no time to listen.
My short answer is:
No homework in government schools!
Let me know if you have additional questions, in the comments HERE or ON FB!
Looking forward to chatting again, next week!
From Highschool student to Game Creator
Timothy Hill, from Hillside English shares his journey from coming to Japan as an exchange student, over lots of backs and forwards to becoming the creator of 'Ready Set Eigo Card Game'.
It was such an inspiring, interesting talk, and I promise you, this time, you won't hear much from my side.
Gems and ideas, adventures and a philosophy about teaching kids, just suiting my own so much.
I put a few of his ideas into practice right after the interview, and Wow, IT IS AMAZING!
Don't miss it.
Who is Timothy and how did he come to Japan?
A funny story about the first visit in Japan.
How did Timothy start to become an English teacher>>>and a school owner
Timothy's idea about teaching
Which ages do we enjoy most and why, and...
about 2, 3 year olds
organizing classes and 'quality of life' and class sizes
penmanship, writing and why/how Timothy started making own materials
The becoming of Ready, Set, Eigo Card game
the word I didn't remember:
...this is one thing Frederic Daudu in Cambodia is talking about in this week's MAC Radio.
I met Frederic when he participated in my teacher course a few years ago.
I was surprised about and admittedly flattered, getting so many hearts thrown at my rather straightforward and challenging homework.
After that, and especially after COVID hit I have watched Frederic on his Tic Tok channel.
(I think the second one is for adults and tourists)
I know nothing at all about Tic Toc, but this really made me smile. I can see how he loves his students and all the people around himself, and how they love him.
I am sorry the sound is a bit weird in the beginning, we figured this out after a while, so if it is just too bad for your ears, jump to the second half of the chat.
As always there are quite a few hands on ideas and lightbulbs!
Which of these topics we talked about was most interesting for you?
*Who is Frederic and why, how did he move to Cambodia.
*Experience and especially failures when trying to open a language school (several times)
*A project that finally really succeeded
*How to make short videos and quizzes to teach phonics, for kids.>>
*Why and How did Frederic start TikTok.
*Covid situation in Cambodia, and Frederic's personal experience with Covid.
This week is a week without a guest, and I just want to throw in a few ideas on teaching, using Rory's cubes.
It is a topic I could talk about endlessly; today just a short sweet tip, for ~I think under~ ten minutes.
And please look forward another great guest talk next Monday!
📻MAC RADIO 7
Guest Talk with Chris from 'Trinity School Japan'
Another great talk with Chris from Trinity School Japan, again from Matsuyama in Shikoku. Thank you so much!
2 weeks ago, we had Philip Older, and we had a great talk you won't want to miss, in case you haven't listen, click here!
Matsuyama people, you don't know how lucky you are to have two such amazing schools around there.
And Matsuyama really isn't that huge! Amazing.
Today's talk is full again with hands on valuable tips on "parent days", and on "kids performing in front of an audience", the ups and downs and the path there.
Some encouraging words for our speakers are always very very welcome．
I think that sharing ups as well as downs is really important, but unfortunately many teachers are not ready for that, as it needs courage. I will contact YOU next, to be my guest😉
How to plan lessons in relax mode
Today I am on my own again, so a short session with some special ideas from myself about lesson planning.
The question teachers ask me most often is:
'Where do you find the time'
I don't have more time than others, nor do I have fewer chores than others.
Actually I think my brain developed a strategy to do many different things, BECAUSE I was so busy and had only few people to help me out for example, with child care while working. No family or friends to ask for baby sitting, three kids between 4 and 9
and 2 jobs ~that was the situation when I started my school.
Hope you get an idea of what I mean with 'Lesson Planning in Relax Mode', when listening to this short concrete example. It just happened last weekend.
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Have a Lovely week and
How can parents help at home?
This was the question Phillip, Owner from "Kiwi English" in Matsuyama, asked me a couple of months ago.
While I was answering we figured a zoom call would do better than texting, and so we decided last week to talk about this and share our thoughts directly with you.
We are talking about so many things, from teaching Phonics to writing journals; video projects and more.
Plug in and listen, and if you like it put up a thumb. Thanks so much Phillip. I love great questions and juggling ideas.
And I know already what you and I should chat about next time.😉
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Our first Guest
Don't miss today's talk, because it has so much practical, valuable content, especially if you are teaching younger kids.
Apple Pie and Rainbows
Lindsay is sharing her experience of moving from self employment to being a Child care English Teacher in a japanese company.
We are chatting about a few ups and downs but the topic today is GAMES! And the pros and cons of some of them, and how to make pros out of cons😉
I am personally having a hard time these days with games for very young kids (4), and Lindsay had a few great game ideas for that age, she has been sharing here. It has no name but let me call it 'The Magnetgame'.
I ended up playing it in all of my classes up to grade 3 last week, in several variations. Funnily every time WITHOUT a magnet, so probably the name is not really the best.
Lindsay called it 'THe ice cream game', but again, I played it without ice cream, so maybe that name is also not the best.
Listen and give us some thoughts of what would be a cool name.
Here you go.
And please, let me know if you would like to be part of a show.
I will be in touch with you anyway!😉And it would be so much more fun, if you would raise your hand before that.
Radio, today VIDEO.😉
Today is the last year of the wonderful month of May.
And, especially for you~~~I made a little video!
I know many of you are busy and prefer listening to watching.
And I promise it won't be the rule!
BUT、today I think I really need to SHOW you, because otherwise it will be hard to explain. 'A picture speaks a thousand words" right?
In this video I am going to show you how to easily create a jam board activity, that you can use interactively, but also as a pdf print.
You will also get the chance to peek into my brain, and experience 'in present continuous', how my ideas develop when I am working and creating stuff. This was a complete coincidence and a bit messy, but as many of you always tell me:
'I want to look into your brain': Here you are!
Entrance fee for this is no money, no likes, no brain surgery either, but
A COMMENT OR QUESTION
on this activity.
Leave your comments below, or if you prefer Facebook, that is fine, too.
👇👇👇See Below how i create a Jamboard👇👇👇
7 月 2021